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In Pictures: Coming to America

New York’s Ellis Island immigration centre was the first – and, in many cases, the last – foothold in America for millions of hopeful immigrants...

AT A GLANCE

From 1892 to 1954, a small, mostly man-made island in the middle of New York Harbor acted as the largest immigration processing centre in the United States. In those six decades, some 12 million people arrived at Ellis Island – in the shadow of the Statue of Liberty – with a dream of making new lives for themselves in the land of opportunity. Most were in and out within a few hours, but others had to wait days, even weeks, to find out whether they would enter America or face deportation. For that reason, Ellis Island became known as ‘the island of hope, the island of tears’.

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THE NEW WORLD

After rough sea voyages on crowed ships, immigrants are still not quite in the ‘Land of the Free’...

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